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graveyard shift

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noun
  1. a work shift usually beginning at about midnight and continuing for about eight hours through the early morning hours.
  2. those who work this shift.

Origin of graveyard shift

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for graveyard shift

graveyard shift

noun
  1. US the working shift between midnight and morning
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